UK, France sign new deal to stop illegal migration across Channel

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Home Secretary Priti Patel speaks, October 1, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain and France signed a new agreement to try to stop illegal migration across the Channel on Saturday, upping patrols and technology in the hope of closing off a dangerous route used by migrants to try to reach the UK on small boats.

UK interior minister Priti Patel said that under the deal, the number of officers patrolling French beaches would double, and new equipment including drones and radar would be employed.

This year, hundreds of people, including some children, have been caught crossing to southern England from makeshift camps in northern France – navigating one of the world’s busiest shipping routes in overloaded rubber dinghies. Some migrants have drowned.

Patel said in statement that the agreement represented a step forward in the pair’s mission to make channel crossings unviable.

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New migration maps serve as tools to help big game in West

male elk
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The life-or-death journey made by mule deer during the second-longest big game migration in North America came down to their ability to squeeze through a fence—a discovery made by scientists using wildlife GPS tracking techniques to map animal migrations in the West in unprecedented detail.


The resulting atlas of migration corridors in Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming published by the U.S. Geological Survey can help elk, mule deer, antelope and other animals by focusing efforts to reduce man-made obstacles along their journeys, biologists and wildlife advocates say.

“The new technology, the GPS collars and the computer programs that are able to analyze this data, is giving us such a different picture of what migrating wildlife do,” said Miles Moretti, president of the Salt Lake City-based Mule Deer Foundation, which funded some of the research. “This has given us some information like we’ve never had

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Children with a migration background often misdiagnosed as having an ‘impairment of language acquisition’ — ScienceDaily

Around 45% of children in Austrian day nurseries have a first language other than German. Those who our experiencing difficulty in learning the second language are often diagnosed as having a suspected “impairment of language acquisition.” In fact, this often merely reflects the fact that they have not yet fully acquired the second language. A research team of linguists led by Brigitte Eisenwort from the “Outpatient clinic for children with suspected language acquisition impairments” at MedUni Vienna’s Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine has now investigated the problem in the context of a case study. This study applied the “Vienna Model,” which incorporates medical students who are native speakers of the child’s first language to facilitate more accurate diagnosis. The study has now been published in the journal Neuropsychiatrie.

In 2019, an average of around 2.1 million Austrian inhabitants came from a migration background. Due to the changing demographic

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Google catches up to AWS and Azure with new database migration service

Google officially debuted its new database migration service (DMS) today, designed to make it easier for Google Cloud customers to transfer their MySQL, PostgreSQL, and SQL Server databases to Google’s fully managed Cloud SQL database service.

This has been a long time coming, given that Amazon’s AWS launched its database migration service more than five years ago, while Microsoft launched its incarnation for Azure two years later.

Google has offered database migration services previously via partnerships with companies such as Striim, but by removing the intermediary, this simplifies the process and reduces both the time it takes and the chances of something going awry during the transfer.

One of the main reasons why Google is launching its DMS now is to capitalize on the surge in cloud computing demand prompted by the global pandemic and to encourage companies to migrate their databases from on-premises infrastructure to a more scalable, serverless

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Migration and molt affect how birds change their colors — ScienceDaily

In late summer and autumn, millions of birds fly above our heads, often at night, winging their way toward their wintering grounds.

Before the journey, many birds molt their bright feathers, replacing them with a more subdued palette. Watching this molt led scientists to wonder how feather color changes relate to the migrations many birds undertake twice each year. Molt matters — not only because replacing worn feathers is necessary for flight, but because molt is the catalyst for plumage changes that affect whether birds find mates and reproduce.

“We’re really blessed here, as nature lovers and birdwatchers, that we have lots of species of warblers here, which come in blues, greens, red and yellows,” said Jared Wolfe, assistant professor in Michigan Technological University’s College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science and one of the founders of the Biodiversity Initiative. “These brightly colored birds migrate and nest here and then

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The birds have variable migration strategies — ScienceDaily

Through a large-scale study with so-called geolocators, researchers led by Miriam Liedvogel of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön, Germany, were able to uncover some of the mysteries surrounding the phenomenon of the blackcap’s bird migration.

Many species of birds have always migrated south in the fall to spend the winter there, including the small blackcap, which often weighs only a few grams and yet covers thousands of kilometers. However, changes in our landscapes and climate change are not leaving migratory birds unaffected. They change their behavior, the destinations of their journey, the time of their departure or even the decision whether to fly away at all. So far, these habits have been studied either experimentally with birds in captivity or by irregular recaptures of ringed birds.

A group of international researchers led by Miriam Liedvogel from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön has

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Rackspace Technology Manages Basware Cloud Transformation with AWS Public Cloud Migration

LONDON, Oct. 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Rackspace Technology™ (NASDAQ: RXT), the multicloud solutions provider, has enabled Basware’s cloud native service delivery operating on Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud. Basware, a global procure-to-pay and e-invoicing solution provider, began its cloud technology relationship with Rackspace Technology in early 2000. As part of the migration to a fully AWS environment, Rackspace Technology also evolved Basware’s security capabilities.

Basware and Rackspace Technology built a robust, world-class automation framework that speeds up deployment and provides ongoing operational improvements for its teams when serving customers. The automation allows for many operational processes, reducing the time taken for some from days to just minutes.

The Software-as-a-Service company can now spin-up testing environments more quickly, with more than 50 running at any given time compared to one or two previously. By taking advantage of AWS Spot Instances, Basware halved its continuous integration spend.

Over the last

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